Legal Aid Council receives 88 cases in 3 months



The Kaduna State office of the Legal Aid Council received 88 new cases from January to March 2021, Coordinator, Mrs Habiba Ohwoevworhua, said.

Ohwoevworhua said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Kaduna 48 were criminal cases while 40 were cases.

The coordinator, however, said only one case and two criminal cases were resolved, while others were pending in courts.

She explained most of the cases were on inheritance, marriage, debt recovery and land disputes while the criminal cases were on armed robbery, of trust, homicide, rape and theft.

Ohwoevworhua disclosed a total of 145 cases, comprised of 55 criminal cases and 90 civil cases were received by the state office in 2020.

She added that more than 20 of the cases were completed while some were settled out of .

The coordinator cited the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason for the few number of cases handled in 2020.

She assured that with more manpower and funding, the council more in 2021 to help indigent people who require legal services

Ohwoevworhua explained that the council was mandated to offer free legal services to indigent persons and advised those in need to patronise the council.

She added that the council’ target is to ensure equality and for all Nigerians. (NAN)